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This cruise left out of Galveston. The nearest airport is 40 minutes away, and the major airport is 70 minutes out of Houston. It wasn't a problem taking an Uber to our hotel or from the hotel to the port. (I think we paid around $60 from George Bush Airport to Galveston.) We stayed at the Comfort Inn, which was across the street from the beach and one block away from Walmart. It worked out great to walk there and purchase soda to take onto the ship. There were several restaurants within walking distance. We enjoyed walking on the beach and playing frisbee. We chose this cruise because we were looking for a 4 day cruise while our teens were on spring break. The dates lined up with our schedule. This ship doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but we found enough to do to enjoy our time on the ship and have fun. Our only complaint was being the only outdoor activities they did offer (shuffleboard, ping pong and rock climbing), the upkeep was poor. The shuffleboard sticks were missing the round ends, and there were not enough sticks at each location, so we had to share sticks. The ping pong table was warped, and one of the paddles was broken. It doesn't seem like it would take that much to update their equipment since this was basically all they offered. What they lacked in outdoor activities, they made up for it with their service. Service everywhere on the ship by far exceeded my expectation. Food was excellent. Staff was friendly and they were constantly cleaning. The ship was not crowded and we didn't have to wait in lines for anything. Most of our time was spent reading, playing trivia games, ping pong and shuffleboard. In the dining room, our waiters noticed my daughter used the lemons from her shrimp cocktail each night to add to her water. By the third night, there was a plate of lemons waiting for her at her seat. Also picking up on how much she liked shrimp, it seemed as though there was extra shrimp in her seafood linguine. They were very attentive to food allergies and pointed out items to avoid. They were constantly making sure we were satisfied in every way without being overbearing. The Windjammer food offered a wide selection everyday for breakfast and lunch. There were so many choices, it was hard to choose. The cruise entertainment staff were very friendly and quick witted. We could always find a chair by the pool or in the lounges. Staff members were always interacting with guests in a positive way. We participated in their trivia games, scavenger hunts, ping pong tournaments and egg drop challenge. Their planned activities were fun. The SuperDad game was hilarious. Our embarkation was FAST! So was the disembarkation. Our shore excursion in Cozumel was the Three Reef Snorkel booked through RCI. I would recommend it. The guide was pointing out a lot of different types of fish. We saw an eel, stingray, starfish and barracuda in addition to many other types of fish. There was one man who was keeping an eye on the tail end of our group and making sure people were safe and together. The main guide was pointing out all the fish and the third gentleman was feeding fish and taking great photos of us surrounded by fish. I would book another cruise on the same ship, but wouldn't mind if they put a little $ into the shuffleboard/ping pong. :-) Overall-it was a great experience.

Spring Break Getaway

Vision of the Seas Cruise Review by klostevens

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This cruise left out of Galveston. The nearest airport is 40 minutes away, and the major airport is 70 minutes out of Houston. It wasn't a problem taking an Uber to our hotel or from the hotel to the port. (I think we paid around $60 from George Bush Airport to Galveston.) We stayed at the Comfort Inn, which was across the street from the beach and one block away from Walmart. It worked out great to walk there and purchase soda to take onto the ship. There were several restaurants within walking distance. We enjoyed walking on the beach and playing frisbee.

We chose this cruise because we were looking for a 4 day cruise while our teens were on spring break. The dates lined up with our schedule. This ship doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but we found enough to do to enjoy our time on the ship and have fun.

Our only complaint was being the only outdoor activities they did offer (shuffleboard, ping pong and rock climbing), the upkeep was poor. The shuffleboard sticks were missing the round ends, and there were not enough sticks at each location, so we had to share sticks. The ping pong table was warped, and one of the paddles was broken. It doesn't seem like it would take that much to update their equipment since this was basically all they offered.

What they lacked in outdoor activities, they made up for it with their service. Service everywhere on the ship by far exceeded my expectation. Food was excellent. Staff was friendly and they were constantly cleaning. The ship was not crowded and we didn't have to wait in lines for anything. Most of our time was spent reading, playing trivia games, ping pong and shuffleboard.

In the dining room, our waiters noticed my daughter used the lemons from her shrimp cocktail each night to add to her water. By the third night, there was a plate of lemons waiting for her at her seat. Also picking up on how much she liked shrimp, it seemed as though there was extra shrimp in her seafood linguine. They were very attentive to food allergies and pointed out items to avoid. They were constantly making sure we were satisfied in every way without being overbearing.

The Windjammer food offered a wide selection everyday for breakfast and lunch. There were so many choices, it was hard to choose. The cruise entertainment staff were very friendly and quick witted. We could always find a chair by the pool or in the lounges. Staff members were always interacting with guests in a positive way.

We participated in their trivia games, scavenger hunts, ping pong tournaments and egg drop challenge. Their planned activities were fun. The SuperDad game was hilarious. Our embarkation was FAST! So was the disembarkation.

Our shore excursion in Cozumel was the Three Reef Snorkel booked through RCI. I would recommend it. The guide was pointing out a lot of different types of fish. We saw an eel, stingray, starfish and barracuda in addition to many other types of fish. There was one man who was keeping an eye on the tail end of our group and making sure people were safe and together. The main guide was pointing out all the fish and the third gentleman was feeding fish and taking great photos of us surrounded by fish.

I would book another cruise on the same ship, but wouldn't mind if they put a little $ into the shuffleboard/ping pong. :-) Overall-it was a great experience.
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Cabin Review

Interior
Cabin 3V 3585
The beds were a bit on the hard side and you can tell the ship is dated. It didn't stop me from a full night's sleep each night though. The back panel of the drawer fell off, so clothes were falling out of the drawer underneath and behind. These were minor things and didn't ruin the trip, but worth noting. We watched a lot of youtube videos on cruise tips, so we packed a shoe organizer to hang over the door to hold shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and miscellaneous items. I'd also recommend magnet hoots for hats, lanyards and such. We brought a USB charger and that worked great since there's only one plug in the room.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling
    We enjoyed the Three Reef Snorkel booked through Royal Caribbean. There were three guides. The main tour guide was very intentional on pointing out the unique sea life. The second guide was the rear man who ensured our group stayed together and people were safe. The third gentleman was feeding fish and taking photos of guests with the school of fish in the foreground. We saw barracudas, eel, starfish, and many unique types of fish. The excursion included a free drink at the local bar at the port.
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  • Galveston
    We spent the night in Galveston the day before our cruise. We walked the beach, but didn't do much because we were tired from our travels. We'd love to go back to Galveston and explore more sometime. On our return, we stopped at NASA on the way back to the airport. It is halfway between Galveston and Houston airport. For a small fee, NASA will store your luggage while you tour the museum. It was interesting and we'd all like to go back when we have more time. We were unable to experience the tram tour because of time, but from what I understand, that's the best part.
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